Final

Seahawks 42

(5-3, 3-2 away)

49ers 27

(1-7, 1-3 home)

4:05 PM ET, November 7, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 7 14 14 742
SF 14 3 7 327

Seahawks win second straight after three-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Simplicity agrees with the Seattle Seahawks. Their stripped-down game plan was still too complicated for the San Francisco 49ers.

Darrell Jackson caught two long touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck, and Shaun Alexander rushed for 160 yards and two scores in the Seahawks' 42-27 victory Sunday.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Seahawks at 49ers: Do you expect this to be Rice's last season?

I do expect this to be Rice's last season. It's a shame that his last season is going to be one of so much turmoil though. The trade in the middle of the season was an unexpected hurdle for him to face, but it's good he went somewhere he could play meaningful games. Sadly, he hasn't and probably won't be a factor in Seattle's success. Hopefully he's taking the time to help the younger players become better players and is leaving a legacy with those guys.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Jackson had five catches for 114 yards on a sprained ankle, and Koren Robinson also caught a TD pass for the Seahawks (5-3), who stayed atop the NFC West with their second victory following three straight losses.

Coach Mike Holmgren stuck with the plan that stopped the skid last week against Carolina, sacrificing much of his beloved West Coast gadgetry to keep his talented skill players working at a brisk pace in a straightforward scheme.

"It's just like in my high school," said Alexander, who capped two long second-quarter drives with short TD runs. "Our coaches said, 'You know what, if we can just run three plays well, we'll probably win the state championship. It's simple.' Of course, the NFL's a little complex, so we need maybe one more than three.

"It's a really simplified offense, but we have enough talent to really make things simple and still make great plays."

Seattle didn't need much trickery to extend the woeful 49ers' worst start since 1979. Hasselbeck was 17-for-28 for 285 yards while the Seahawks marched to 453 yards of offense, with Alexander's shifty running setting up Seattle's passing game.

"We condensed some things down, and guys are just executing a lot better now," Holmgren said. "If Matt can throw the ball effectively and we can gain some yards rushing, we're going to be able to do some good things."

Jerry Rice caught one 5-yard pass, but wasn't a factor in Seattle's game plan. The relatively sparse crowd at Candlestick Park gave an ovation to the longtime 49ers star in perhaps his last game in San Francisco -- though Rice would be interested in returning to the Niners next season.

After making his way through dozens of cameras on the field and getting a handful of hugs from friends, Rice walked out of this place for perhaps the final time. This is his 20th NFL season and he's changed his mind a few times on whether he'll return next year.

"I really did (think about that)," he said. "When the last few seconds wound down, I said to myself, 'This might be my last time here.' It was unbelievable."

Jackson didn't practice this week and wasn't cleared to play until Saturday morning, but he put on a performance reminiscent of Rice in his prime.

He caught a 33-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and a 39-yarder in the third, sprinting past San Francisco's secondary to haul in Hasselbeck's perfect throws.

"I played with injuries all last season," Jackson said. "This isn't anything different. We've got a lot of receivers banged up, so I had no choice but to go out there."

Tim Rattay passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns for the Niners (1-7), who wasted an impressive offensive performance with dismal defense in their fourth straight loss to Seattle under coach Dennis Erickson.

"We all want to win, and this isn't much fun for anybody," said Erickson, the Seahawks' coach for four seasons before Holmgren arrived. "It's not about effort. It's about not giving up big plays."

Both teams moved the ball easily in the first half, and San Francisco took a 24-21 lead on Brandon Lloyd's 39-yard TD catch early in the third quarter. But Robinson and Jackson caught TD passes later in the quarter, and linebacker Anthony Simmons clinched the win with a 23-yard interception return for a score midway through the fourth.

"We can't hope to win and expect to lose," said tight end Eric Johnson, who had five catches for 54 yards. "This sort of thing just pounds your motivation. It's tough to keep coming back."

Lloyd had four catches for 75 yards after teammates Fred Beasley and Kevan Barlow criticized him earlier in the week for a lack of professionalism and team spirit. Lloyd showed plenty of emotion this week, waving a towel on the sideline and screaming at officials.

Barlow rushed for a TD on the 49ers' first game-opening scoring drive of the season, and Curtis Conway leaped at the goal line for a 28-yard TD catch later in the half.

Game notes


Alexander had his 17th career multi-touchdown game, tying Steve Largent for the franchise record. Only Kansas City's Priest Holmes has more multi-TD games since 2001. ... Seahawks CB Ken Lucas was carted off the field in the second quarter with a bruised chest after falling on the ball while trying to make an interception. He was expected to stay in a San Francisco hospital overnight. ... The 49ers still can't run the ball. Barlow had just 61 yards, leaving San Francisco near the bottom of the league after years as a top rushing team.

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERSEASF
seaTD8:33Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yds, 0:00
4127
FIRST QUARTERSEASF
seaTD5:21Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 33 yds, 0:36
67
FOURTH QUARTERSEASF
sea8:27
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yds, 0:00
4227
FIRST QUARTERSEASF
sfTD12:14Kevan Barlow, 3 yd run
Drive info: 3 plays, 21 yds, 1:18
06
sea5:15
Drive info: 2 plays, 33 yds, 0:36
77
THIRD QUARTERSEASF
seaTD11:24Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:11
2724
FIRST QUARTERSEASF
sf12:08
Drive info: 3 plays, 21 yds, 1:18
07
THIRD QUARTERSEASF
sea11:16
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:11
2824
sfTD12:50Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:05
2123
sf12:41
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:05
2124
FIRST QUARTERSEASF
sfTD1:31Touchdown
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yds, 3:37
713
SECOND QUARTERSEASF
seaTD2:00Shaun Alexander, 4 yd run
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yds, 2:33
2014
FIRST QUARTERSEASF
sf1:22
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yds, 3:37
714
SECOND QUARTERSEASF
sea1:57
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yds, 2:33
2114
sfFG0:07Todd Peterson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 1:45
2117
THIRD QUARTERSEASF
seaTD1:39Touchdown
Drive info: 11 plays, 94 yds, 4:31
3424
sea1:32
Drive info: 11 plays, 94 yds, 4:31
3524
FOURTH QUARTERSEASF
sfFG11:12Todd Peterson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 5:11
3527
SECOND QUARTERSEASF
seaTD6:42Shaun Alexander, 1 yd run
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yds, 7:24
1314
sea6:37
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yds, 7:24
1414